Uphill task for Davis Cup team

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Davis Cup team will face another uphill task in the Euro-Africa Zone Group II play-offs when they host highly-ranked Moldova in July.

Zimbabwe suffered a humiliating 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Bosnia-Herzegovina at the weekend.

With that defeat, the Martin Dzuwa-captained team has to face a play-off match against the 51st ranked Moldavian side.

Zimbabwe also dropped one place and are now on position 75 meaning they are 24 places behind their opponents.

Going into last week’s tie against Bosnia-Herzegovina, Zimbabwe was 26 places behind the East-Europeans and with these statistics the southern African country is set for another uphill task.

However, Tennis Zimbabwe (TZ) president Regis Bhunu said they were not afraid to face Moldova.

“We are not scared of Moldova, I think Bosnia was a tougher opponent than Moldova, look. Bosnia has three highly ranked players which I think it’s different from Moldova,”  Bhunu told the Daily News yesterday.

Bhunu also said TZ has already started looking for funds to host the tie.

“You know we are back again to the corporate world and well-wishers to help us with funds for us to host our tie against Moldova,” added Bhunu.

Zimbabwe’s Davis Cup team put up a disappointing performance against Bosnia, with the country’s top seed Takanyi Garanganga losing all his matches.

The team only registered their only win through Benjamin Lock after his opponent retired in the second set.

Despite the defeat, Zimbabwe’s non-playing captain Martin Dzuwa is still hopeful that his side will remain in Euro-Africa Group II.

“I think we will remain in Group II and we need to start our relegation play-off preparations as soon as possible,” Dzuwa said after their defeat.

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